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The influence of implausibility and anomaly on eye movements during reading

Tessa Warren

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199539789.013.0050

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The influence of implausibility and anomaly on eye movements during reading

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This chapter reviews findings investigating the ways the following factors influence eye movements when readers encounter an anomaly or implausibility: 1) the kind of information cueing the anomaly, 2) the severity of the anomaly, 3) the semantic and syntactic context in which the anomaly occurs, and 4) text-external factors like reader-specific characteristics or the orthography of the language being read. The relation of these results to theories of language comprehension is then discussed. The chapter concludes with some ideas about how a new version of the E-Z Reader model of eye movement control during reading (Reichle et al., 2009) might help us understand eye movement reactions to semantic anomalies and how studying those eye movement reactions might help improve the model.

Keywords: implausibility; syntactic context; reading; anomaly; eye movement

Article.  9015 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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